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Orlando Chapter Meeting – May 2017: AI: Is It For Us or Against Us?

  • Date:
    May 18, 2017 - 05:45 PM - 07:30 PM
  • Address: 3039 Technology Parkway
  • Location: Orlando, FL USA
  • Venue:
    Partnership III, Room 233

Dinner & Networking: 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Chapter Business: 6:000 PM - 6:15 PM
Presentation: 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Please RSVP at the link above so we can plan for the proper amount of food – dinner is complementary.  The meeting is open to all; you do not need to be an INCOSE member to attend. If you are not a member, we invite you to become a member of the Orlando Chapter of INCOSE at

About the Presentation:
As system engineers, we need to consider the entire system, including the larger system in which the system of interest functions. Are we developing a safe and effective system of interest, and do we understand the impact the system of interest will have on the larger system? This question is especially relevant when we are introducing new technologies that have not been fully characterized, such as artificial intelligence and intelligent robotics. In the past few years, several noted scientists and technologists have made public statements about the potential dangers of AI – artificial intelligence. Stephen Hawking has said “...full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Bill Gates has said, “I don’t understand why some people are not concerned.” Elon Musk has indicated that AI is a “demon” that is “potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons.” With the predicted demise of the planet due to global warming, the coming mini-ice age, assaults by violent extremists, do we also need to prepare for a robot apocalypse fueled by AI gone rogue? Is there something fundamentally dangerous about AI or is this similar to the dangers often cited against technological advances in general, such as the Luddite fears. This presentation will take a look at some of the ideas expressed by various people who are on the leading edge of this new technology.

Joe Vandeville

About the Speaker:

Joe Vandeville is a retired Northrop Grumman engineer and a past president of INCOSE Space Coast. He has over 40 years of experience in hardware and software development in both commercial and military systems and prior to Northrop Grumman worked for ITT, Alcatel-Lucent and Rockwell Collins. He has a bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering.